BARN3101 - Social Studies of Children and Childhood


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours

Course content

Framed by Social Studies of Children and Childhood (Sociology of childhood), the course addresses theoretical perspectives, key concepts and ongoing debates in Childhood studies. This includes children and childhood as socially, culturally and historically constructed, children's perspectives and active contribution in defining and giving meaning to their lives. Further, this course addresses children's lived lives, generational relations, and the importance of context as well as issues at a structural and political level that have implications for children and childhood. This course addresses childhood as a social phenomenon in time and space, and how children are both shaped by and themselves shape their childhood experiences as these unfold within diverse societal and daily life conditions, practices, power and generational relations. Central issues to be explored in this course are images and understandings of children and childhood as well as children's meaning-making processes, and experiences in relation to peer activities and the adult organization of their lives. The course further attends to the interrelations of childhood and culture, power, gender, social class, and ethnicity.

Learning outcome

By the end of the course, the student has obtained the following:


  • Has obtained in-depth knowledge of theoretical perspectives, concepts and ongoing debates in the interdisciplinary Social Studies of Children and Childhood.
  • Has obtained an understanding of why Social Studies of Children and Childhood emerged as a research field, as a critical approach to mainstream theorizing of children and childhood.
  • Can critically examine childhood as a social, cultural and historical phenomenon, and obtain an understanding of how children's everyday lives and well-being are related to cultural, societal and political circumstances in changing societies.


  • Has the ability to critically approach and deconstruct views, understandings, discourses and theorizations of children and childhood.

General competence:

  • Has developed the ability to question implicit and taken-for-granted assumptions.
  • Has developed skills in conceptualizing/theorizing childhood in different contexts.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars.

Attending lectures and other teaching activities is compulsory.

A minimum of 80% attendance of lectures is required.

Total lecture hours: Minimum 20 hours.

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatory attendance (80%)

Further on evaluation

Students who have completed compulsory activities do not have to do these again before re-sitting the exam.

Required previous knowledge

Admittance to the course requires a bachelor's degree in social science or equivalent.

Students in the master’s programme in Childhood studies will be prioritised.

Course materials

Information will be given at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BARN3100 7.5 SPRING 2006
BARN3001 7.5 SPRING 2006
BARN8101 7.5 AUTUMN 2017
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Childhood Studies
  • Social Sciences
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 2023-11-27 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL317 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL510 Sluppenvegen 14 16
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 2024-05-27 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL410 Sluppenvegen 14 1
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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